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HBS Suffers Defeat at Hands of New London

The HBS Rugby Football Club suffered a debilitating defeat Saturday with a 35-nil stomping provided by the honorable gentlemen of the New London Rugby Union. When the HBS ruggers heard of the upcoming match against New London, we quickly fell under the illusion that the players would be from old London (tophats, British accents, tea,…

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The Dating Write-Up:Best Practices for Finding Love in B-School

MBAs around the world study the Harvard Business School case Optical Distortion, Inc. to learn key lessons regarding the challenges of bringing an innovative product to market. However, there are hidden lessons to be learned in this case, ones that could affect the personal lives of MBAs over an entire lifetime-not just during the launch…

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The Dating Write-Up: Best Practices for Finding Love in B-School

It’s the beginning of another year, and Harvard Business School students are gearing up for nine months of learning, connecting, and “transforming”. While academics are only part of the HBS experience, we are all keenly aware of the special grading system used here on campus. For those of you who need a reminder, every student…

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Ten Places I’ll Miss at HBS

As HBS students, we often take the campus that surrounds us for granted. When you leave campus and compare us with Sloan, however, it’s easy to see that we are completely and utterly spoiled. And whereas most business schools occupy just a slither of a larger campus, we have our own self-contained compound completely separate…

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Let The Harbus Tell Your Story

In the past year, The Harbus has brought forward the most pressing issues affecting the Harvard Business School community: from the global economic crisis to the U.S. elections and diversity at HBS. If there is any issue that will confront Harvard Business School graduates as they re-enter the work force, it is the renewed backlash…

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

I want to share the best sliver of advice I have been given in the last ten years – because it has made all the difference in the world for me. Had it not been for this advice, I would never have applied to HBS for fear of its daunting 88% rejection rate: “Don’t be…

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HBS CLASS OF 2010: BEST EC CLASS EVER?

To start, Scott and I wanted to thank everybody for their support, suggestions, and feedback as we’ve made the transition into the SA Co-Presidency. While we only officially took over last week, Scott and I have spent much of March and April talking with administrators, professors, club leaders, ECs, and most importantly, all of you,…

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I Heart Earth

The “Green” movement has reached a fever pitch, and this was true on Earth Day at Harvard Business School. Meanwhile, the Obama administration is prepared to take serious steps to curb emissions of carbon dioxide. As such, the case for manmade climate change should be evaluated on its merits, especially at HBS. Many people at…

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HBS Goes Cold Turkey!

The wild turkey. Meleagris gallopavo. A prehistoric beast, swift of foot and stout of heart. A fierce fighter and a tender lover. Ben Franklin called it a “true Native of America. a Bird of Courage” and implied that it would be a better emblem for our country than the lazy and cowardly bald eagle. Mr….

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What They Don’t Teach You at Stanford Business School

“Do you remember when you first heard of Harvard Business School? I found out from my Dad’s bookshelf. He had a bookshelf full of boring books about golf and amongst them was one entitled: What they don’t teach you at Harvard Business School. It was many years before I became interested in what they do…

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Harvard Business School Professor Emeritus Martin V. Marshall Dies at 86

Marketing expert was key figure in the School’s entrepreneurship efforts BOSTON, Feb. 20, 2009 -Harvard Business School Professor Emeritus Martin V. Marshall, a driving force in the development of the School’s Owner/President Management Program (OPM) for entrepreneurs and a marketing and advertising expert whose practice-oriented approach to teaching and course development left a lasting impact…

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The Year in Print

What kind of year was 2008 and what does it tell us about the world we currently live in? Along with 9/11, 2008 will be remembered as the year that defined this decade. Hence, understanding the events, and more importantly, the themes that have shaped this year for the Harvard Business School community can be…

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Undercover at HBS

My friend Teeba was always a force to be reckoned with, ever since our undergraduate days. We clicked. And she quickly became one of the closest people to me. I always knew she’d go places in her life, and I was right. She is now a semester away from attaining her MBA from Harvard Business…

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Reflecting on the 1st Term…

This is not an easy place to study business. In addition to regular academic pressure, we are constantly subjected to internship recruiting and other activities. And amidst an interminable series of 19-hour days, I realized a few weeks ago that I had lost sight of where I am and why I am here. It happened…

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The Silent Struggle to Maintain Appearances

Earlier in the semester, a sectionmate and I were reflecting on a particularly confusing RC case study. After class ended, my sectionmate said, “I still don’t understand how we came up with that answer.” Neither did I, and I was relieved to know that I wasn’t the only one who was confused. Everyone else in…

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Two Years at Harvard Business School

Ahead of the Curve: Two Years at the Harvard Business School by Philip Delves Broughton was published just a few weeks ago and already it is difficult to find students on campus who have not heard of it. Indeed the book has raced through the entire business world – in August it was the #1…

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The Harvard Business School Under Fire

In a detailed and controversial account of his 2-years at HBS, Philip Delves Broughton has ignited a firestorm of criticism directed at the Harvard Business School, its students and business education in general. With coverage from the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The Economist, etc., Ahead of the Curve has generated a…

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Message from the Editor

As I squinted at the bright screen of my laptop, my mind tried fruitlessly to control the growing sense of dread that was slowly taking over. The email that I had waited for months was sitting there in my inbox, but it wasn’t titled “CONGRATULATIONS” like the other admissions notices I had already received. Instead,…

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Class Day Committee Announces 2008 Class Day Student Speaker

David Rawlinson (OD) has been selected as the student speaker for HBS Class Day 2008 amidst admirable competition. David participated in the intense two-round competition earlier this month, delivering his speech to representatives from each of the EC sections who were selected by their section Presidents to serve as judges. Speakers were judged on their…

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Class Day Finalists Essays-Hunter Pierson

FRIENDS, FAMILY, DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, WELCOME. As a former teacher, I learned that graduation is not an individual accomplishment, but rather the fruit of many sacrifices. I believe I speak for us all when I say thank you for not only coming today but giving us the opportunity to be here. Parents and grandparents, you must…

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Class Day Essay Finalists – Richard Pole

Whakarongo mai, whakarongo mai.Te mihi tuatahi ki ti atua.Te mihi tuarua ki a matou kaiwhakahaere.Te mihi tuatoru ki a tatou.Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou e hoa ma. My greeting hails, as I do, from deep in the South Pacific – a small, and some would say insignificant nation called New Zealand. A place that…

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Business Leader, Nonprofit Volunteer to Head American Red Cross

Washington, DC, April 8, 2008 – Gail J. McGovern, a successful business executive and proven nonprofit fundraiser, was today named President and CEO of the American Red Cross. McGovern, who held top management positions at AT&T Corporation and Fidelity Investments, has experience running large organizations in competitive industries, and a track record for improving business…

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Welcome Admits!

“Individually, you’re brilliant. TOGETHER, you’re dazzling.” These were the finely chosen words Deirdre Leopold, Managing Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid, used to describe my class during the Welcoming Ceremonies in Burden Auditorium last September. All through your Admitted Students Weekend, I’m certain that you’ll have the opportunity to meet some of the many…

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Faculty Profile

Bill Sahlman, MBA Class of 1975, is the Dimitri V. d’Arbeloff – Class of 1955 Professor of Business Administration at HBS. He also received his PhD in Business Economics at Harvard. Professor Sahlman’s research focuses on the investment and financing decisions made in entrepreneurial ventures at all stages in their development. He has written numerous…

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Faculty Profile – Professor David Garvin

The first-year course in Leadership and Corporate Accountability, or LCA, was one of the most memorable and important courses I have had here at HBS. One of the key reasons was the classroom leadership of David Garvin, the C. Roland Christensen Professor of Business Administration. Since joining the faculty in 1979, Professor Garvin has had…

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Harvard Business School's Notable Alumni

For a hundred years, the Harvard Business School has provided a transformational experience for students as they embark on careers that improve the practice of business and contribute meaningfully to society. We salute our alumni who have responded to the call for leadership, and have taken their learning experiences from the classroom to transform businesses…

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Alumni Perspective – Dr. Peter Slavin (MBA '90)

Dr. Peter Slavin, MBA Class of 1990, is currently the President of Massachusetts General Hospital, one of the premier medical institutions in North America. Dr. Slavin is a board-certified physician in internal medicine who has been active in health care leadership and management from his days as a medical student (Harvard Medical School Class of…

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Alumni Perspective – Stephen R. Covey (MBA '57)

Stephen R. Covey is the author of the best-selling book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and has also written First Things First, Principle-Centered Leadership and The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families. Dr. Covey established the “Covey Leadership Center” which later merged with Franklin Quest to form FranklinCovey, a global professional-services firm and…

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Alumni Perspective – Robert Kraft, (MBA ’65)

A cold New England morning dawned at the Harvard Business School in 1963, when legendary marketing professor, the late Ted Levitt, sporting his distinctive, thick mustache and bushy, black eyebrows, while exhibiting his customary, theatrical teaching style, spotted his cold-call victim for the morning’s case about Marlin Shavers. This particular morning, his quarry was a…

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Student Perspective Maura Sullivan (NI)

President Faust, Dean Light, Deans from across Harvard University, Distinguished Faculty, Administration and Staff, Celebrated Alumni, welcomed guests, and fellow students, it is an honor to be speaking to you today on this exciting occasion of the Centennial Celebration of the founding of Harvard Business School. My name is Maura Sullivan and I am a…

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